With Cling, you place everything you want on boards. A board is similar to a conventional pin board – which starts empty and has space on it for attaching everything you wish to retain. It means that with Cling, you put together your content piece by piece in order to always have it directly at your fingertips. Besides being able store everything there, Cling lets you collect and organize everything at the one place and – if you like – also lets you share this with others.
The Cling components
Clings is comprised of four main elements: the board overview, your boards and any number of decks with their various cards.
The first thing you see after logging in to Cling is your board overview. Initially you’ll only see the boards that have already been placed there to let you learn about Cling more easily. But you can simply create as many boards of your own step-by-step to obtain a perfect overview of all your subjects of interest. Do this by clicking on the button “New board” ❶.
You now have a fresh new board for which you now need to assign a name. To personalize your board, you can also select a background image or an individual color scheme, if you wish.
So that things don’t get cluttered on your new board after collecting lots of content, Cling features so-called decks. Imagine these as being folders into which you can place your notes, files and bookmarks.
Create your first deck by clicking on “Create the first deck” ➋. Give your deck a name – and now you already set to collect the first content on your board.
The actual content is displayed in Cling on cards. There are various different types of cards, which are optimized for specific types of content. Create a card with a click on “Add note, link, image or deck…”. A small menu with options will open, allowing you to select the element of your choice ➌ ➍ ➎ ➏.
Congratulations. You now know the most important Cling elements and can get going.
Collect: all your content in one place
Here we’ll show you how Cling lets you collect content. Cling provides special card types for different content categories:
Notes and texts: note cards ❹ are there for all your thoughts, notes, and ideas. To keep things clear, they incorporate just a small, lean editor providing the most important functions. You can find detailed information in the “Notes, photos & files” section.
Links and bookmarks: all web addresses that you want to remember can be saved on link cards ❺. You can create the cards by either copying the link manually or – much more conveniently – by using the Cling bookmark button, our extension for your browser. All further information on working with bookmarks can be found in the “Bookmarking” section.
Photos and files: Cling lets you permanently store all files that are important for you. Furthermore, Cling can also manage your photos. File cards ❻ are used for both. They allow you to upload one or more files. Photos are displayed directly in Cling. Files are illustrated with the icon of the respective file format. More detailed information is available in the “Notes, photos & files” section.
Decks: so that you maintain the best possible overview, you can also create new decks ❸.
Organize and manage
Cling provides various features making it easy for you to manage your content in such a way that ensures you always have a complete overview.
Easy organization via Drag and Drop
A key Cling function is the movement of content via drag and drop:
To move a card, click anywhere on the card and keep the mouse button pressed while moving it to the required position on the board at which point you release the button.
Entire decks can be moved by “grabbing” the grey title bar, which also contains the name of the deck.
If you wish to move several cards at once, it may be easier to attach these with one another beforehand. More on this subject is outlined in the “Working with cards” section.
Working with boards
At the top right of every board is a menu providing access to important basic functions.
- A click on the overview ❼ icon makes all decks collapse. You then see only their names and how many cards they each contain. This is especially practical for maintaining a clear overview on large decks.
- Clicking on the star ❽ means that only important cards are to be displayed. Any card you deem as being important can be marked as such (see below at “Working with cards”). By hiding all other cards, you can concentrate fully on those of particular relevance.
- You will find all deleted decks or cards in the trash ❾. If necessary, you can easily drag these back to a board.
- The clipboard ❿ lets you move your content back and forth among various boards. The clipboard column opens once the icon is clicked. Move the decks or cards you want to move into this column. Then, change to the board to which the content is to be moved, open the clipboard and drag the content to desired position.
- The incoming ⓫ column is your depot for all links that you save using the Cling bookmark button while surfing the net. They are saved as link cards in the incoming column of the respective boards. Each board has its own incoming column. More information on this is available in the section dealing with bookmarking.
Hidden behind the three dots ⓬ are further functions:
- The settings allow you to adjust the name, background, pattern and color of a board.
- Each board can be shared to let others work on it together with you. More on this is contained in the “Teamwork” section.
- If cards are archived, these are then hidden to ensure your boards retain the maximum clarity and remain up to date. A click on the “Display archived cards” menu option, however, will let these cards be displayed again.
Working with decks
Your boards will become considerably clearer if you arrange your decks over several columns. To create a deck in a new column, move the mouse pointer to the top-right of an existing deck, click on the three dots and then at “Add deck” on the arrow pointing right. This creates a new column that already contains a first deck. You can either fill this deck with content or drag an existing deck into this new column.
Incidentally, columns are also the method of choice for depicting Kanban workflows in Cling. An example would be a task board with the decks “Open”, “In progress” and “Done” positioned next to each other. Each new task would be created as a note card in the “Open” deck. As soon as you begin to tackle the task you move it to the “In progress” column – and over to “Done” when it’s completed.
Working with cards
If you move the mouse pointer over the top-right corner of a card you can click the pencil icon and then have the possibility to edit the card. Or you click on the three dots, which causes the card menu to open.
- The content of a card may be edited by clicking on the pencil icon ⓭. An even easier way of doing this is by simply clicking directly in the card’s content.
- Add a comment ⓮ to a card. Comments can be used for your personal notes or for communicating on your content with others. More on the Cling teamwork functions can be found in the “Teamwork” section.
- A click on the star symbol ⓯ lets you indicate that a card is important. At the top of each board there is also an identical star icon. By clicking on this, all cards that are not indicated as being important will be hidden.
- If two or more cards belong together, these cards can be attached to each other ⓰. This minimizes the line between the cards, thereby indicating the association. Moreover, the cards can now be moved as a single block.
- One of the most useful Cling functions is the facility to archive cards. All cards that you no longer actively require can be “checked off” ⓱, as needed. From then on, they will be hidden – but will still be there if you need them later. To display them again, click on the three dots at the top-right of the relevant board and select “Show archived cards”.
- Click on the trash icon ⓲ if you wish to delete a card.
- The Add ⓳ section lets you create a new note, link and file card, or a new deck. The new card will appear directly below the currently active card. With the creation of a new deck, the current deck is divided into two separate decks.
- If you are working on a board with several other people, the small photo ⓴ in the “Info” section provides a hint to who initially created the card.
In theory, you could create boards for your various types of content: one board for your notes, one for bookmarks, one for files, and another for your photos. We recommend, however, to combine all types of content in your boards. This lets you concentrate fully on your subjects and allows you to work on a single board for each of your hobbies or professional projects. You then have the complete overview and access to all the relevant content on each subject at a single place. That’s what sets Cling apart.
Teamwork: sharing and working together
Get even more out of Cling by working together on your boards with family, friends or colleagues. Cling provides several useful functions to support you:
- Share any board with selected persons. The person will receive an email inviting them to work together on the board. Naturally, this access may be withdrawn by you at any time.
- To ensure you remain up-to-date on what’s happening on your Cling board, you will receive an automatic email notification whenever someone has changed something on your board
- Date stamps on every card let you identify new content.
- Use the comments function to initiate a discussion directly at the relevant card. You’ll receive an email as soon as someone answers to your comment, ensuring the conversation stays alive and that you’ll reach your goal faster.
The “Teamwork” section provides detailed information on how you can best work together in Cling.